Synthesis of an Organic Compound
The film shows the synthesis of 2-butanone, a ketone, from 2-butanol, an alcohol, as an example of a common type of organic synthesis. It discusses three basic steps: synthesis, purification, identification. In the synthesis, 2-butanol is oxidized by sodium dichromate and sulfuric acid to yield 2-butanone. Purification is accomplished by solvent extraction, followed by distillation of the 2-butanone. The identity of the product is established by forming a solid derivative of the 2-butanone and determining its melting point, and is confirmed by infrared spectroscopy.
Producer CHEM Study, College of Chemistry, U.C. BerkeleyAudio/Visual sound, color
Collaborator: Professor T. A. Geissman, University of California, Los Angeles.